Circus Ronaldo

EMMA LEE Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich(Norfolk and NorwichFestival)


Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich(Norfolk and NorwichFestival)

Circus Ronaldo have put up their big-top tent in Chapelfield Gardens for an extended five-night run at this year's festival, having wowed audiences with their acrobatic skills - if not their culinary prowess - last spring.

Set in a pizza parlour, La Cucina dell'Arte stars brothers Danny and David Ronaldo, who are sixth-generation circus performers from Belgium.

Proving that you don't need the fancy multi-media trickery of the likes of Cirque Du Soleil to bring circus into the 21st Century, they pack edge-of-your-seat acrobatics, comedy, juggling and even a bit of romance into this delightful, inventive and hilarious 70-minute show.

Part of its beauty is that the clowning looks off-the-cuff and effortless, when, in fact, you

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know it has been choreographed with precision.

At its heart is the power struggle between the restaurant boss, played by David Ronaldo, who is the straight-man of the piece, and his minion Danny, who, despite his apparent haplessness, manages to outwit him.

Every simple action has comic potential, which is exploited to its limits - the show opens with Danny Ronaldo, who performs the stunts, swinging from a chandelier in the rafters as he tries to light some candles and there's some fantastic pizza-making. And the show ends with…no, I'm not going to spoil the surprise.

While it may be mayhem in their pizza parlour, the Ronaldo brothers have definitely cooked up a treat.

Performances are nightly at 8.30pm until Monday, May 14. Tickets cost £14 - under 26s, £5. The show is suitable for ages 12 and over.

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